Golf Finishes Second in the Puerto Rico Classic
Senior All-American Matt Hendrix won his college tournament, leading
Clemson to a second-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic. The
54-hole event concluded on Tuesday at Rio Mar country Club in San
Juan. The Tigers had a 856 team score, eight-under-par, and just
one shot off the pace set by number-one ranked Florida. Oklahoma,
the second round leader, finished third with an 858 score.
It was a bitter sweet victory for Hendrix, a member of the 2003
United States Walker Cup team. He posted rounds of 70-67-70 for a
nine-under par 207 score, one shot better than Tyler Leon of Oklahoma
State. But, Hendrix double bogeyed the final hole. A par would
have also given Clemson the team championships.
Clemson finished in the top five for the sixth time in as many
tournaments this year and for and the 24th straight tournament over
three years. Florida, the nation's No. 1 team in both the coaches'
polls and Sagarin rankings, won its fifth tournament of the season.
The Tigers shot a two-under par 286 as a team in the final
round. Clemson played without the services of sophomore Brian Duncan
after his fifth hole of the final round. Duncan was ill and withdrew
from the tournament, so the Tigers played with just four individuals
for most of the afternoon.
Hendrix shot rounds of 70-67-70 to shoot a nine-under par 207,
claiming his first individual trophy while at Clemson. He had five
birdies in the final round, but dropped two shots on the 18th hole
after electing to go with a stronger club on his approach to the
green. Hendrix finished with a tournament-high 15 birdies during the
54-hole event. He was the first medallist for Clemson since D.J.
Trahan claimed the honors in the Mercedes Benz Collegiate last
Jack Ferguson shot a final round 74 and finished in a tie for
seventh. It was his third top 10 finish of the 2003-04 season.
Gregg Jones and Brent Delahoussaye both finished tied for 19th.
Jones rebounded from a 76 in round two with an even par 72 on
Tuesday. Delahoussaye shot a pair of 74s in the first two rounds,
but had a two-under par 70 in the final round.
Oklahoma, the leader after round two, finished with an 858
score and in third place. Georgia and Oklahoma State finished fourth
and fifth, respectively. N.C. State claimed sixth place, while
Virginia took seventh. Georgia Tech and Minnesota tied for eighth.
The rest of the field, in order, was East Tennessee State, Virginia
Tech, Purdue, Kent State, Northwestern, Duke, Illinois, and Michigan.
The Tigers return to action March 13-15 to compete in the Las
Matt Hendrix 70 67 70 207 -9 1st
Jack Ferguson 67 72 74 213 -3 7th
Gregg Jones 70 76 72 218 +2 19th
Brent Delahoussaye 74 74 70 218 +2 19th
Brian Duncan 74 79 WD WD